Media release

Sharon Collier named Vice President of Human Resources

“Sharon is an important addition to our team. Her impressive record building strong teams will ensure that we continue to advance our work promoting civic leadership, philanthropy and equity,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.

Sharon Collier has been appointed Vice President of Human Resources at the Rhode Island Foundation, where her responsibilities include hiring, employee relations, professional development, and benefits and payroll management.

“Sharon is an important addition to our team. Her impressive record building strong teams will ensure that we continue to advance our work promoting civic leadership, philanthropy and equity,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.

Collier has nearly 30 years of human resources experience. Most recently, she was Manager of Human Resources for the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University. Prior to that Collier served as Diversity Manager at Fleet/Boston Financial and Senior Director, Human Resources, at Meeting Street.

Collier earned a B.S. in Human Development at Rhode Island College, and has taken courses toward her Master of Liberal Arts at Harvard Extension School. She eventually seeks to complement her human resources background with a license in mental health counseling.

She joins the Foundation as it comes off a year of record fundraising and grant-making. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $216 million in grants.

The Foundation focuses on three strategic priorities: educational success, economic security and healthy lives. In addition, it also supports arts and culture, basic human needs, the environment and housing among other sectors through its responsive grants program.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $114 million and awarded $52 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2018. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.